November 19, 2009
By Alton K. Marsh
The San Diego Air and Space Museum will induct another class of aviation legends into its hall of fame Nov. 21. The event takes place at the museum.
Included are: Sally Ride, first woman in space; Sean Tucker, airshow performer; Clay Lacy, founder of Clay Lacy Aviation; Lockheed Brothers Skunk Works, Lockheed Martin Aircraft Company; the Blue Angels; Cliff Robertson, pilot, Academy Award-winning screen star as well as founder of the Cliff Robertson Work Experience; the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP); and Frank Robinson, founder of Robinson Helicopter Company.
”We’re especially pleased to honor the Class of 2009 because these pioneers have not only pushed back the frontiers of air and space exploration, they’ve also become strong positive role models for today’s youth,” said Jim Kidrick, San Diego Air and Space Museum president and CEO. ”November 21 will be an evening San Diegans will remember for a long time, and not want to miss. It’s our chance to honor these legends on behalf of every San Diegan.”
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
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